Breaking News: Scorpion Scheme Now Available in Braille

Melissa Yi’s Scorpion Scheme Now is in Braille!

Scorpion Scheme iTranslated into BrailleBlind readers can now experience the mystery and suspense of Melissa Yi’s latest book, Scorpion Scheme. This is exciting news, too, for the Mesdames as Melissa breaks new ground in reaching out to readers of crime fiction.

This embossed (printed) copy is available throughout Canada via interlibrary loan. The library hosting Scorpion Scheme is Cochrane Public Library in Cochrane, Alberta.

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

 

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: February 2021

It’s February Already, Dear Readers!

February Valentine KittyAnd we’ve got a boxload of goodies being planned for the year. Besides our Blog Spotlight feature, we intend to add other ways for you to get to know our members and their writing better. And now that our membership has roots from Comox to Montreal, we want to share favourite bookstores in these locations. And that’s only the beginning. Stay tuned for more as the year progresses.

REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

The Rage RoomCongratulations to Lisa de Nikolits, dubbed “Queen of Canadian spec” fiction, in Off/Kilter’s stellar review of her latest book, The Rage Room.

 

 

 

 

Caro Soles was recently interviewed about her book Dancing with Chairs in the Music House on the program All About Books hosted by Crystal Fletcher.

In a separate video, you can also hear Caro read a passage from Dancing with  Chairs in the Music House on Crystal Fletcher’s program, All About Books.

 

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi (Melissa Yuan-Innes) was recently interviewed for the Glengarry News by Steve Warburton. She had a good time talking about her time at medical school, writing, her family, and the kindness of my neighbours. See more about Melissa’s interview on her Facebook page.

 

 

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCrackent

Rosemary McCracken was recently interviewed about her Pat Tierney Mystery Series and writing on Sharon Crawford’s blog.

Check out what Rosemary has to say about the genesis of the Pat Tierney series, the financial world and writing mysteries in Rosemary’s interview.

COMPETITIONS

CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT MYSTERY COMPETITION

The international CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors from all over the world – and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. All that is asked is that the story has not been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition.

Entries cost £12.

Closing date: 6pm GMT Friday 26 February 2021

THE AUDREY JESSUP SHORT STORY CONTEST

The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest sponsored by the Capital Crime Writers is ONLY open to Ottawa and the National Capital Region residents as well as all members of Capital Crime Writers.

Only one submission per author.

Deadline for submission is Thursday April 1, 2021.

 

 

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2020 Wow What a Year – Part 2

Greetings, Readers!

Dog and Cat cuddling

Here as promised is the second part of our annual review for 2020.

Despite COVID – maybe because of it! – we accomplished a huge amount. Part 2 tells you about our publications and the recognition received by our Mesdames and Monsieurs!

 

New Members!

The Mesdames welcomed three new members this year, established award-winning writers Jayne Barnard, Therese Greenwood and Melissa Yi.  We are now 24 members strong and a national organization!

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Recognitions!

Mesdames and Monsieurs were recognized by many awards and nominations in 2020.

CWC Awards of Excellence

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell, our Queen of Comedy’s hilarious, The Goddaughter Does Vegas (Orca Book Publishers) was a finalist in the CWC Awards of Excellence for Best Novella. 

She also signed on with the prestigious Transatlantic Agency!

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

The Occult PersuasionLisa De Nikolits‘ thriller The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution was long-listed for the Sunburst Award, Canada’s award for literary excellence in speculative fiction.

 

 

 

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood

What You Take With YouTherese Greenwood  was awarded The Buffy , the  Alberta Arts Council Wood Buffalo Award of Excellence in literary arts. And her memoir about the Fort McMurray wildfire disaster, What You Take with You was a finalist for the Book Publishers Association of Alberta Award for Non-fiction, Biography and Memoir.

 

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Edible, won Bouchercon’s Anthony Award for Best Anthology. This entertaining collection contains our very own Rosemary McCracken ‘s cautionary tale, “Dining Out”!

 

 

 

Cat Mills

Cat Mills

Honorary Mme of Mayhem, Cat Mills,  had two of her amazing documentaries short-listed at the Yorkton Film Festival, North American’s longest-running film festival. Her uplifting and poignant, Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure and of course, our very own CBC documentary, The Mesdames of Mayhem.

 

 

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Nothing Without UsThe anthology, Nothing Without Us, was short-listed for an Aurora Award. The stories feature heroes whose disabilities are NOT the focus of the narrative.  Our very own, Madona Skaff’s story, “Backbone”, is part of this collection!

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Caro Soles was appointed to the Executive Council of the International Crime Writers Association which sponsors the prestigious Hammett Award for literary excellence in crime fiction.

 

 

 

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

In the Key of 13Sylvia Warsh’s chilling story, “Sleep No More”, was a finalist for the prestigious Derringer Award. And it was part of the Mesdames anthology, In the Key of 13

 

 

Fabulous Publications!

Never mind that 2020 was Anno Horribilis, the Mesdames had nine novels published as well as their short fiction in several anthologies. Eighteen of us have stories in Carrick Publishing’s collection of medical thrillers, A Grave Diagnosis.  

Catherine Astolfo

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Cathy Astolfo has created another scary tale, “The Backpack”, one of the 35 stories in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

 

 

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

A Grave Diagnosis CoverThe Light in TriesteRosemary Aubert, published her historical novel, The Light in Trieste, to many positive reviews. Her story, “Mercy”, is a timely tale in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

 

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jayne Barnard’s fourth novel in the Lacey McCrae series, Why the Rock Falls, was published by Dundurn Press in November. Her classic mystery whodunnit, “A Midsummer’s Night Scream”, appeared in the Sisters in Crime West anthology, Crime Wave. And her story, “A Christmas Rose” appears in A Grave Diagnosis!

 

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Burfield

A Grave Diagnosis CoverJane Burfield has written a scary COVID tale, “Unmasked” in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Harris Callway

M. H. Callway

A Grave Diagnosis CoverM. H. Callway tried her hand at a speculative fiction crossover thriller, “The Eternal Bakery of the Fractal Mind” for A Grave Diagnosis.

In August, she completed 200 km in the first virtual Toronto Ride to Conquer Cancer.

 

 

 

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

The Italian CureA Grave Diagnosis CoverCrime Wave

 

 

 

 

 

Melodie Campbell, our Queen of Comedy, wrote the charming novella, The Italian Cure (Orca) and penned the very funny, “Two Crooks Walk into a Store” for A Grave Diagnosis. Turning to her dark side, she wrote the foreword for the Sisters in Crime West anthology, Crime Wave.

 

Donna Carrick

A Grave Diagnosis CoverDonna Carrick not only ran Carrick Publishing but also edited the 35 stories in A Grave Diagnosis and wrote the title story! 

And she ran and hosted the two popular podcasts, Dead to Writes and Story Stocking!

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

The Rage Room

A Grave Diagnosis CoverLisa de Nikolits’ tenth novel, The Rage Room, has been getting rave reviews. She runs two blogs promoting authors, Author Interviews on Goodreads and The Minerva Reader. Her story, “Love Thy Neighbour”, appears in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood

A Grave Diagnosis CoverTherese Greenwood’s historical crime story, “Boomtown Shakedown” is one of the 35 stories in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay, together with Roz Place, kept the Mesdames and Monsieurs and our readers informed for all of 2020. Big thanks and hugs!

 

 

 

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

Dark and Stormy Book ClubA Grave Diagnosis Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blair Keetch had three short stories published in 2020. “Deadly Cargo” appeared in the anthology, Heartbreaks and Half-Truths (Superior Shores Press). “A Crunchy Kind of Death” was featured in the Dark and Story Bookclub’s newsletter.  And “Sleep, Perchance to Die” is one of the 35 medical thrillers in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Uncharted WatersA Grave Diagnosis CoverRosemary McCracken had a busy year. Her short story, ” A Weekend in Lisdoonvarna” appeared in Kings River Life Magazine. She published, Uncharted Waters,  the fourth novel in her popular Pat Tierney financial mystery series receiving a warm review by Jack Batten of the Toronto Star.  In addition to writing “Hooked” for A Grave Diagnosis, she copy-edited the 35 stories in the collection. She was one of three Canadian guest bloggers on leading US mystery writer, Art Taylor’s website.

 

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy’s cautionary tale, “Woman Aglow” is published in A Grave Diagnosis.

She was one of three Canadian guest bloggers featured on leading US mystery writer, Art Taylor’s website.

 

 

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

A Grave Diagnosis CoverEd Piwowarczyk psychological thriller, “Danny and Me,” was published in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

Roz Place

A Grave Diagnosis CoverRoz Place’s crossover speculative fiction crime story, “Criminals Like Us” was published in A Grave Diagnosis.  

 

 

 

 

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Death by AssociationA Grave Diagnosis CoverMadona Skaff‘s second book in the Naya Assad series, Death by Association was published by Renaissance Press. Her story, “Crossmatch”,  is published in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

A Grave Diagnosis CoverDancing with Chairs in the Music HouseMarlo's Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caro Soles had two novels published in 2020. The first, Marlo’s Dance, (Crossroad Press) is the fourth book in Merculian speculative fiction series. Her literary novel,  Dancing with the Chairs in the Music House, was published this fall by Inanna Publications. Her story, “Waiting in the Wings”, appears in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

Kevin Thornton

Beyond Sherlock Holmes

MX Sherlock Holmes Stories

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

 

 

 

 

Kevin Thornton had three stories published in 2020, two of them were new Sherlock Holmes adventures. “The Impossible Death of Cad” appeared in Beyond the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 3.  “The Dundas Separation Squad” was published in the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXII.  His story, “Hypochondriacs Never Get This”, is part of the A Grave Diagnosis collection.

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Bould Awards AnthologyA Grave Diagnosis Cover

Thirteen

 

Sylvia Warsh’s story, “The  Emerald Skull”, was chosen and reprinted in Barb Goffman Presents as one of her favorite crime stories ever! It was first published in our original anthology, Thirteen.  She was also one of three Canadian crime writers featured on US author, Art Taylor’s blog.

Her off-beat story, “Flamingo Nights” was chosen for the 2020 BOULD anthology, which collects bold and outrageous tales. Her thriller short story, “Days Without Name”, is featured in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Scorpion Scheme

Our newest member, Melissa Yi, released her latest thriller, Scorpion Scheme, in the Dr. Hope Sze series, just last month. It’s already getting good reviews!

 

 

Readings and Events!

COVID brought an end to live events early in the year. Several Mesdames participated in the author reading event at the December 3rd Holiday Party hosted on Zoom by Toronto Sisters in Crime and the Crime Writers of Canada. Regular meetings moved onto Zoom after the lockdown and will stay digital for the foreseeable future.

Events at the Toronto Public Library were cancelled, but we look forward to going back to live events at the end of the pandemic. In the meantime, libraries have curbside pick-ups. An author’s best friend is indeed a librarian!


Noir at the Bar continues to be a Toronto tradition and has now moved online.

Lisa De Nikolits was a featured author in October. Thanks to Rob Brunet and Hope Thompson for their support of Canadian crime writers!

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: January 2021

Welcome to New Beginnings, Dear Readers!

New Year Kitten

As our Mesdames and Messieurs continue to write and make plans for 2021, good news from last year keeps popping up.

This issue kicks off with the January 2021 issue of  The Big Thrill highlighting an interview with Lisa de Nikolits about her latest book. The Rage Room.

There’s also a terrific interview with Rosemary McCracken on the ThatChannel.com’s Crime Scene Confidential hosted by Sharon Crawford. And lots more kudos and review links to books by our authors to tempt your fancy.

INTERVIEWS

The Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits‘ latest cross-genre book The Rage Room gets thrilling treatment in her interview with The Big Thrill.

Read Lisa’s Big Thrill Interview.

Crime Beat Confidential

Sharon’s wide-ranging interview on Crime Beat Confidential with Rosemary McCracken covered topics such as the sticky topic of book reviews, Rosemary’s short story writing, her popular Pat Tierney series—the latest book being Uncharted Waters—and a discussion of plot structure for novels (Rosemary teaches Novel Writing II at George Brown College, Toronto).

KUDOS

Why the Rock Falls

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Why the Rock Falls

Why the Rock Falls by J.E. Barnard was reviewed by Anne Logan on CBC Calgary:  “Barnard’s use of red herrings is also impressive; the related storylines and minor characters all served to distract me from focusing on who the real perpetrator was because I got caught up in the drama of the storyline.”

As of January 5, 2021, Why the Rock Falls audiobook is available on Amazon.

The Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

The Rage Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews for The Rage Room by Lisa de Nikolits

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54637410-the-rage-room

Miramichi Reader:
https://miramichireader.ca/2020/12/the-rage-room-by-lisa-de-nikolits/

Dr. Donna M. Decker – January 15, 2021:
https://www.inanna.ca/product/rage-room/#reviews

Jamieson Wolf’s Best Books of 2020

Both Madona Skaff-Koren and Melissa Yi’s books feature on novelist Jamieson Wolf’s Best Books of 2020.

Death by Association

“This book is a thrilling whodunnit of the highest order. The pages flipped by quickly for me and I was desperate to figure out the mystery. Thankfully Skaff-Koren’s writing is so good that every guess I had about the who did what and why was wrong. I love when that happens! I love the minutiae that Skaff-Koren works into the novel. Every small detail is full of red herrings and the plot is full of twists and turns. Madona’s power is in her characters and the strength of her storytelling. Naya is a diverse and amazing character and she propels the story along as you are drawn along with her to discover everything right alongside her.”

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Death by Association

Scorpion Scheme

“Scorpion Scheme was flat out incredible. Set against the sands of Egypt, Dr. Hope Sze and her fiancé Dr. John Tucker go to Egypt and hope to see the sights, but they are drawn into a fight for their lives and a mysterious treasure. I loved this book so much! I was drawn into Hope’s adventure and taken on a thrill ride that came to an explosive conclusion. This is a fantastic book and really made me take a deeper look into the idea of justice, what is right and what is wrong. I loved every minute and every page. It’s a thrilling whodunnit that had me stumped until the end. Egypt came alive in this book. What a privilege to read it!”

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Scorpion Scheme

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

Caro Soles‘s book is an extraordinary piece of fiction. Haunting, and highly evocative, it deserves to find its place in the pantheon of the best of Canadian Literature.”—Maureen Jennngs, Award-winning author of the Murdoch Mysteries and several other series.

“Intimate, evocative and memorable, Caro Soles’s Dancing with Chairs in the Music House holds the reader spellbound from its opening sentence—It’s 1949, a brand new year, and we’re moving. Again.—to its heart-stopping conclusion.—Gail Bowen— award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourne Series

“Quirky, funny and haunting.”–Linwood Barclay, NYT bestselling author

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

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2020: WOW WHAT A YEAR – Part One!

Happy Much Better New Year Readers!

Anno horribilis, AKA 2020, started out with the Mesdames’ normal busy schedule of book promotions, conferences and teaching. Then wham – COVID hit!

Left Coast Crime San Diego ended after only half a day and the cancellations kept on coming: Bloody Words Minicon, CWC’s Annual Awards Banquet,  Limestone Expo, Word on the Street,  Bouchercon…

But the Mesdames proved unstoppable! We took to social media like a hurricane. We attended conferences, taught classes and in the fall pulled off a stellar book launch marathon – all on Zoom!

Despite the challenging business environment, Carrick Publishing brought out a fabulous new crime fiction anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, featuring stories by 18 of us.  And the Mesdames had several new books and short stories published as well as nominations for leading awards.

Best of all, we continued to grow, welcoming three new members to make us a national organization of 24 crime fiction authors.  This year, we celebrate our 8th anniversary!

Happy New Brighter and Healthier  Year,  dear Readers. And on to more adventures in cyberspace and to creating the books and stories you love!

Note: Thanks to COVID, we accomplished so much this year that WoW What a Year will be in two parts. 

 

 A New Anthology by Carrick Publishing!

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Amazing publisher and editor, Donna Carrick,  decided to do a medical mystery anthology after M. H. Callway shared her public health experiences over lunch. Thus was A Grave Diagnosis born – well before COVID  struck! 

Donna has dedicated AGD  to our hero frontline health care workers who continue to care for those stricken with this horrible virus, despite months of exhaustion and dangers to their own health, families and loved ones.  

AGD includes 35 stories of medically themed murder or malaise from all over the world.

The 18 Mesdames and Messieurs whose stories appear in AGD, owe Donna a huge debt of thanks for bringing out this book under such challenging times!

Donna Carrick

 

AGD launched on Zoom appropriately on Halloween, Saturday, October  31st.  Marion Misters, co-owner of our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street was our special guest.

The talented Sara Carrick, the designer of our logo and all our anthology book covers, created AGD’s sinister cover. And if you look behind the mask, you’ll spy her in person!

AGD is available in print and on Kindle on Amazon.ca and on order from  Sleuth of Baker Street. Looking forward, too,  to seeing it on the shelves of the Toronto Public Library before too long.

Zoom! Zoom!

Mesdames Book Launch Marathon a Terrific Success!

This fall, we held our first Book Launch Marathon on Zoom, gathering audiences from all over Canada, the USA and as far away as South Africa!

Rosemary McCracken went first on Saturday, October 3rd, launching her new Pat Tierney financial thriller, Uncharted Waters.  Her launch proved so successful that she and  M. H. Callway have a seminar ready to share on How to Have a Successful Zoom Book Launch.

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Madona Skaff

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

 

Caro Soles launched her speculative fiction novel, Marlo’s Dance on October 21st, Madona Skaff, our Zoom pioneer, launched her new mystery, Death by Association on November 7th. On November 21st, Rosemary Aubert celebrated her historical novel, The Light in Trieste, together with new writer,  Blair Keetch, whose latest story appeared in the crime fiction anthology, Heartbreaks and Half-truths.

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits, Caro Soles and new member, Melissa Yi, wound up the series with their smashing tri-author event on November 28th with their latest books: The Rage Room, Dancing with Chairs in the Music House and Scorpion Scheme.

BONUS: All our Zoom events were recorded. Look to see them featured on an upcoming Dead to Writes podcast.

Podcasting: Dead to Writes

Dead to Writes, the Video Podcast

Donna Carrick continued Season 3 of her Dead to Writes podcast into 2020 – a total of 23 interviews!  She then opened her new series, Season 4 for 15 more interviews.

Dead to Writes showcases leading Canadian crime writers, including Maureen Jennings, Rick Mofina and Cathy Ace – and of course, the Mmes of Mayhem.

Get to know the following Mmes and Messrs and the stories behind their publications, by subscribing to DtW: Cathy Astolfo, Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Lisa de Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Blair Keetch,  Rosemary McCracken and Madona Skaff.  

In conjunction with Dead to Writes,  tune in to Story Stocking to listen to the podcast of stories from the Mmes fourth anthology, In the Key of 13. In the Key of 13

 Zoom Conferences!

Renaissance Press

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff was our Zoom conference trailblazer. Her publisher, Renaissance Press, hosted two conferences in 2020, the first June 5th to 7th and the second, October 24 to 25th.  Madona participated on several panels and experimented selling her new book, Death by Association, in a virtual bookstore.

 

When Words Collide Welcomes the Mmes!

When Words Collide, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a multi-genre conference held every year in Calgary, Alberta.  Normally, WWC attracts 800+ participants every year and many of us were planning to attend, but COVID intervened. That’s when WWC went on Zoom!

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Ten Mmes took part on several panels held from Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 13th. One of our fab new members, Jayne Barnardwho’s published in speculative fiction, young adult and crime fiction, participated in the following panels: The Heroine’s Journey, Diversity in Speculative Fiction, From the Mean Streets to the Deadly Wilderness and, with Melodie CampbellPlot vs Character in Crime Fiction.  Melodie, too, writes in all three genres!

Madeleine Harris Callway

M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway moderated two panels showcasing the Mesdames: Meet the Mesdames of Mayhem, with Donna Carrick, Rosemary McCracken and Madona Skaff and  The Long and Short of Crime, with Jane Burfield, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne Murphy and Caro Soles.  And Lisa de Nikolits and Caro whose works are often described as cross-genre, discussed, Can Crossover Fit the Crime.

And we learned all about Zoom’s break-out rooms at the “Pool Patio”, a great way to connect with new authors.

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Petersen Burfield

WWC has also made available recordings of the panels on YouTube. Check these on the YouTube When Words Collide channel.

 

 

 

Bloody Words Minicon 

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman took on COVID and though the Minicon had to be postponed, kept the Bony Blithe contest going. The Minicon is rescheduled for May 28, 2021 — fingers crossed.

This year’s winner of the Bony Blithe Award was Liz Freeland for her novel, Murder in Midtown.

Social Media

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits featured several exciting authors on her Goodreads blog, Interview with an Author.

She also resumed her The Minerva Reader blog where she promotes undiscovered Canadian authors readers should know more about.

 

Several of our Mesdames are fab and committed bloggers. In 2020, M.H. Callway created our new and ongoing feature, Blog Spotlight, where she interviews a Madame or Monsieur and the story behind their successful blog. In 2020, Madeleine interviewed Lisa de Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken (Moving Target) and Melodie Campbell (Bad Girl Blog).

That’s the end of Part One, dear Readers, but before we sign off a huge THANK YOU, to our newsletter editors, Marilyn Kay and Roz Placefor all their hard work keeping us up to date.

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay

Roz Place

Roz Place

LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE ADVENTURES IN 2021!

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Breaking News! Melissa Yi’s January 6th Bookbub Deal

Don’t miss Bookbub’s January 6th Featured Deal. Mme Melissa Yi’s book Terminally Ill will be on sale for just 99 cents!

Terminally Ill

Houdini Meets Murder

Magic? Dr. Hope Sze steers clear of magic.

But when “Elvis the Escape King” chains and nails himself inside a coffin in Montreal’s St. Lawrence River, he can’t break free.

Soon after Hope restarts his heart and saves his life, Elvis demands to know who sabotaged his stunt.

And so Hope plunges into her most unconventional and most terminal adventure yet. Where the magical art of escape and the dastardly art of crime vie for centre stage, and the better man may lose. Forever.

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Get Terminally Ill

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2020 Year-End Round-Up of Books

Dear Readers,

Cats and reading

There’s nothing like a good book to transport your imagination to new worlds, meet fascinating characters and broaden your horizons. So this holiday season, give the gift of books. And while you’re at it,  immerse yourself in the wonderful stories and books written by our own Mesdames and Messieurs of Mayhem

BOOKS

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

Death by Association

Marlo's Dance

The Italian Cure

The Light in Trieste

The Rage Room

Uncharted Waters

What You Take With You

Why the Rock Falls

Scorpion Scheme

ANTHOLOGIES

Bould Awards Anthology

Crime Wave

Heartbreaks and Halr-truths

Mystery Most Edible

Beyond Sherlock Holmes

MX Sherlock Holmes Stories

 

 

 

 

 

AND DON’T FORGET THESE ANTHOLOGIES

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

 

Thirteen

13 O'Clock

13 Claws AnthologyIn the Key of 13

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: December, 2020

Happy Holidays, Readers!

Santa CatsAmid the Holiday hustle and bustle, we’re still working to bring you great stories and more. So put up your feet and join us in a good book. We promise, there’s even more to come in January.

 

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!

Mmes Book Launch Marathon a Winner!

In defiance of Anno Horribilis, we launched a series of terrific Zoom book launches to connect with readers and promote the many new books by the Mmes. While nothing can replace a Real World book launch –  Zoom launches stepped up.

The Mmes Zoom Book Launch Marathon launched on October 3rd and  crossed the finish line on November 28th!  We connected with readers and fellow writers across Canada – and as far away as the UK and South Africa! A huge thank you to authors  Rosemary McCracken, Caro Soles, Donna Carrick, Madona Skaff, Rosemary Aubert, Blair Keetch, Lisa De Nikolits and Melissa Yi for their planning and hard work in making this new venture a terrific success!

And a very special thanks to Marian Misters, co-owner of our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, for her support during the Zoom Marathon – and throughout Anno Horribilis!

We’re looking to repeat our Zoom Book Launch Marathon in the spring. Stay tuned for details in 2021!

Fingers crossed the new vaccines restore normal life ASAP and that we’ll meet you, dear Reader, in the real world in 2021!

BOOKS

A Grave Diagnosis Is Now Available

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Huray! You can now find Carrick Publishing’s A Grave Diagnosis on Amazon or order from Sleuth of Baker Street where it is on back order.

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yis Scorpion Scheme is available December 1, 2020 in bookstores and on Amazon.

 

 

 

Bould Awards Anthology

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

The BOULD 2020 Anthology, which contains Sylvia Warsh’s story, “Flamingo Nights”, is now available on Amazon.ca.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

MX Sherlock Holmes Stories

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton

Beyond Sherlock Holmes

Kevin Thornton has been busy writing Sherlock Holmes stories. His story, “The Dundas Separation Case,”  recently published in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXII received a great review in Publisher’s Weekly. He’s also got a well-received story, “The Impossible Death of a Cad” in Beyond the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a special three-volume collection of sequels to the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi launches her new thriller, Scorpion Scheme, on Tuesday, December 1st, 7 pm, on Facebook Live. For more information, visit the Scorpion Scheme World Premiere Jamboree event page on Facebook.

 

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits reads at Noir at the Bar Toronto’s second virtual event on Thursday, December 10th, 7:15 pm. For more information and the link to join the event, visit Noir At The Bar – The December 2020 Edition on Facebook.

Noir at the Bar December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Many Mmes who are also Sisters in Crime will be at the SinC Toronto/CWC Virtual Holiday, Thursday, Dec 3rd, 6:30 pm .(private event)

SinC-CWC Party 2020

The Mmes of Mayhem will be celebrating their Virtual Cross-Country Holiday Party, Wed, Dec 9th, 7pm (private event)

REMINDERS

CWC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

CWC Awards of ExcellenceThe deadline for submission to the published categories of the CWC Awards of Excellence (formerly the Arthur Ellis Awards) is December 15.

2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

The deadline for submission is December 18th.

Candy canes on store shelves and Christmas muzak everywhere must mean one thing: The deadline for submitting to the 2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award – with its prize of a whimsical plaque plus $1000 – is fast approaching. We must receive your books by midnight, December 18, 2020. The award is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and we accept submissions from both publishers and authors. If you are self- or indie-published, you can have your books shipped directly to
us from the printer, distributor, Amazon, or Indigo.

For the full submission rules, visit http://bonyblithe.com/submission-rules/.
For more info, contact them at bw-award@bloodywords.com.

THE HAMMETT PRIZE

The Hammett PrizeThe deadline for submission to the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing.s is December 15, 2020

Since 1991, the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has presented the Hammett trophy to the book of the year that best represents the conception of literary excellence in crime writing. Nominations for the Hammett Prize may be submitted by any interested party.

This is a distinguished award for a single book and is open to writers at any stage in their career.

BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES

Best American Stories

Houghton Mifflin is continuing its “Best of” series under a new editor, Steph Cha, and a new title, Best American Mystery and Suspense.  Authors and editors are welcome to submit published, online or in print, works of short fiction to bestamericanmysterysuspense@gmail.com by December 31, 2020.

Submissions for the 2021 volume:

Authors and editors who wish for their print short fiction to be considered should send their publications or hard copies to the following address:
Heidi Pitlor
The Best American Short Stories
125 High Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Stories published by online journals and magazines can be sent to
thebestamericanshortstories@gmail.com

A list of magazines consulted appears at the back of the book

Eligibility for the 2021 volume:

The qualifications for selection are (1) original publication in nationally distributed American or Canadian periodicals in 2020; (2) publication in English by writers
who are American or Canadian, or who have made the United States their home; (3) original publication as short stories (excerpts of novels are not considered). Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to individual submissions from authors, but will consider work that meets the above criteria.

Looking Forward to:

  • Our virtual writers’ workshop in 2021, sponsored by the Toronto Public Library. Several Mmes will share their writing and publishing knowledge over a day-long Zoom-a-thon. Date TBD.
  • Lots and lots of new books and stories!

Give the Gift of Books!

What’s the best way to cope with renewed lockdowns? Escape into a great book! And the Mesdames published wonderful new books in 2020. Look for our End of Year Roundup of Books coming soon.

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NEWS FLASH! New Books and More Launches!

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Why the Rock FallsCrime Wave

Mme Jayne Barnard hits it out of the park with TWO new books out this month. Why the Rock Falls, the third book in her terrific Lacey McCrae series is now available on Amazon.ca. She’s also the co-editor of  Crime Wave,  a terrific anthology just released by Sisters in Crime West with a foreword by Mme Melodie Campbell. Jayne’s story, “A Mid-winter Night’s Scream” will make you want to avoid snowbound inns no matter how good the cooking!

And Jayne just completed a new YA novel. We’ll publish the details as soon as they’re available. Mega congratulations!

Reminders!

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Mme Rosemary Aubert and M Blair Keetch  this Saturday, November 21st at 1 pm EST for the launch and discussion of their latest books. Rosemary shares the secrets behind her historical thriller,  The Light in Trieste (Carrick Publishing), which will tell you that the life of an author is never dull! And new crime writer, Blair Keetch, talks about his follow-on success  with the publication of his story, “Deadly Cargo” in the anthology, Heartbreak & Half-truths. (Superior Shores Press).

For the Zoom link email mcallway1@gmail.com

The Light in Trieste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And join the Triple Author Zoom event on Saturday, November 28th at 3 pm EST to meet and chat with Mmes Lisa De Nikolits, Caro Soles and Melissa Yi!

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

 

 

 

 

 

And celebrate the launch of their latest books, now available on Amazon.ca!

For the Zoom link email: mcallway1@gmail.com.

Scorpion SchemeThe Rage Room

 

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A Grave Diagnosis: The Book Launch

Did you miss our Book Launch for A Grave Diagnosis?

We recorded the entire Zoom Book Launch for A Grave Diagnosis. So if you couldn’t be with us for the book launch this past Halloween, or wanted to relive the event or share it with a friend, you can view it right here. Nearly all 35 authors joined interview host, fellow author and publisher, Donna Carrick for a fascinating look into their inspiration for the 35 stories and various characters that make up this anthology.

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